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Global Perspectives: Tufts Photo Contest!

Extended Deadline to:  October 26, 2018

Global Perspectives: A Tufts University Photo Contest

As you travel abroad this summer, prepare for the 2nd annual Global Perspectives Photo Contest!

Eligibility:

Photos should have been taken when graduate and undergraduate Tufts students were studying, working, interning, or conducting research abroad or, in the case of the last theme should represent global perspectives on Tufts’ campuses in Boston, Grafton, or Medford during the last year (i.e. during one or more of the following terms:  Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018)

Photos taken prior to matriculation at Tufts, post-graduation, or on personal travel abroad (i.e. vacation) are ineligible.

Rules:

  • Up to 3 photos can be submitted
  • All photos should have been taken by you or have you in it
  • All photos must be at least 1200×800 pixels (or 800×1200 for portraits)
  • Please name your file with your name, location and the term.
    • ex. janedoe-mumbai-spring2018

Categories:

The 2018 Global Perspectives Photo Contest categories are:

  • One Health
  • Reclaiming the Human
  • Climate, Food, and Water
  • Secure and Equitable Society
  • Living Technology

Students will be asked to write a brief reflection paragraph to explain their rationale for choosing their photograph and theme. These themes were drawn from the research and scholarship themes identified through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research’s strategic plan.

Winners:

Photographs will be judged on their aesthetic value and on how well they respond to the category. Attention will be paid to ensure that photos are well representative of the University as a whole.

Winning photos will be displayed on the Global Tufts website and in a rotating exhibit on the Medford, Grafton, and Boston campuses.

Permissions

We would like to use submitted photos on print materials and Tufts’ websites and will ask you to give permission to publicly share your photo upon submission.

Submission:

The contest will open in August 2018 and the deadline is October 26, 2018 (formerly September 28th)Please check this site for submission instructions.

Contact:

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 617-627-4733.

https://global.tufts.edu/news/global-perspectives-photo-contest

D18 MiJung Myung selected as NHSC Students to Service (S2S) Scholar

Congratulations to MiJung for being selected to join the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program (LRP)!

She is now a member of an elite group of healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical services to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. One in five people in the United States lives in a primary care shortage area, which means they go without essential health services, or have to travel long distances to see their primary care practitioner. Too many Americans—particularly in underserved rural and urban areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, routine dental work, and other care, simply because there is no one to provide care and treatment. At its heart, the NHSC is about bringing primary care to communities in need and you will help usto fulfill that mission. In order to fill this gap, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce created a program to send doctors and dentists to the least-resourced areas of the country.   It is a competitive program and honor goes to those who serve.  A big shout out to MiJung. We are proud she is bringing her skills to those in most need!

Fourth year medical and dental students who are committed in serving the underserved can apply to S2S program and those selected are awarded $120,000 scholarship towards loan repayment to work at a qualifying community health clinic for three years.

Twenty-Six D18s Inducted in the Honor Civicus Society

On May 15, 26 D18s (TUSDM’s largest group ever!) were accepted into Tisch College’s Honor Civicus Society along side students from Tufts’ School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Public Health and Professional Degrees.  Launched by Tisch College in 2009, the Honos Civicus Society selects and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and leadership during their time at Tufts. Available to undergraduates and graduates at all Tufts schools, Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on a Tufts education’s foundational commitment to social impact and to join a network of engaged alumni who share and acted on that commitment.
Special shout out to:

Sama Abdul-Aziz

Jonathan Batlle

Elizabeth Betances

Steven Boucher

Kevin Campbell

Alec Eidelman 

Holly Fadie

Robert Geary

Lauren Gerkowicz

Sareena Gillani

Michael Golub

Krysten Herrero

Pei-Yun (Agatha) Kao 

Mary Keezel

Timothy J Kim

Kimberly Meyers

Sangita Mural

MiJung Myung

Leigh Ortiz

Aekta Patel

Tuvy Phan

Tracy Tchintchin

Mikenah Vega

Shayla Walker

Jared Wirth

Trista  Wyman

D19’s Anne-Marie Vu and Tabitha Lewis: Making Boston a better place through their Schweitzer Fellowships

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas. 

 Anne-Marie Vu’s Albert Schweitzer project (Miles of Smiles) involves working with children with autism spectrum disorder at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester, MA. The Lee School has over 180 students with autism spectrum disorder, making up 32% of the student population. Her goal was to provide oral health education to the children by compiling a set of interactive games and activities for them. Because going to the dentist could be an unfamiliar and scary experience for kids, one of Anne Marie’s goals is to make the experience of going to the dentist fun through role playing. Her hopes are that this project will continue by TUDSM’s AADMD club volunteers.

Tabitha Lewis addressed oral health inequities and increased the self-efficiency of homeless children living in Roxbury shelters through her project Coloring Smiles.  Coloring Smiles seeks to increase self-efficacy and co-create an oral health education and disease prevention plan with homeless children through artistic, musical and collaborative sessions. Tabitha’s group of kids have begun creating a music album, book, story, song, dance and painting of not only the importance of their teeth but also how important and valuable they are.

Tabitha reflects on her experience to date: “ ‘All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you.’ I recently was introduced to this quote from Octavia Butler, renown author and speaker. Being an Albert Schweitzer Fellow means that I can continue to be a changing agent and be changed. I have seen and experienced the beauty that results from the “touching” of lives of vulnerable populations and being “touched” by the communities I serve. This irreplaceable and life-changing exchange of change has been integral to my personal and professional pursuits. Reflecting on my journey thus far, the joy I’ve experienced investing in individuals from disadvantaged communities has led me to conclude that these treasured experiences will mirror the manner in which I will practice quality primary care.”

D18 Named One of “20 Outstanding Women” by India New England News

Each year, the INDIA New England News selection committee selects 20 women to be honored at their annual woman of the year gala. Sangita Murali (D18) was selected for the top 20 this year. Sangita is president of Tufts AAWD and has been committed to addressing dental inequities throughout her four years at TUSDM. She is passionate around creating supportive environments to empower people from diverse backgrounds, including the South Asian, geriatric, and homeless women’s communities. Additionally,  one of her favorite ways to engage adolescents involved teaming up with Science Club for Girls to promote their self-confidence and literacy building in STEM.  After graduation, Sangita will be a resident at the Georgia School of Orthodontics.

Congrats Sangita!!

 

Tufts Dental Alumni Award Recipients!

A huge congratulations to two of our very own TUSDM students for accepting Tufts Dental Alumni Awards!

Congratulations to Richard Y Hong, D20 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Award given to the second year student with the highest scholastic achievement in the Basic Sciences.

Congratulations to Kelly A. Barbera, D18 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Academic Excellence Award given to the fourth year student who achieves the highest academic average for the 2017-2018 school year.

AADMD receives the Tarrson Award!

The American Dental Association (ADA) has awarded the Tarrson award to Tuft’s student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)!

The ADA Foundation’s, E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, is given annually to highlight significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. This honor comes with a monetary award of $5400.  The AADMD club was started by Holly Fadie (D18) and staffs a clinic at the Lee School in Dorchester for children living with special needs. Congrats AADMD!

Congratulations to Agatha Kao D18–Named ASDA National Delegate of the Year!

We are so proud of our very own Agatha Kao (D18), who has won the National Delegate of the Year at the most recent ASDA Annual Session in Anaheim, California. Agatha has done so much for Tufts ASDA and she is such an inspiration to so many of us. She has served as her ASDA Class Representative for all of her four years here and has served as the ASDA District One Councilor as well as the first delegate of our chapter this past year. Thank you for everything you have done for us and the future of our profession. Congratulations Agatha!

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston

 The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.  Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life– an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

The application period for the 2018-2019 cohort will open on November 14, and applications are due February 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM.  Continue reading Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston